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Nobel Peace Laureates Urged to Boycott the Nobel Peace Summit in South Africa

posted Sep 17, 2014, 5:04 PM by The Tibetan Political Review
 
By Tibetan National Congress (September 15, 2014)


  Nobel Peace Laureates Urged to Boycott the Nobel Peace Summit in South Africa Unless His Holiness the Dalai Lama is Granted a Visa to Attend

The Government of South Africa, acting under pressure from the People’s
Republic of China, has decided to bar His Holiness the Dalai Lama from
attending the upcoming 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates scheduled
to be held next month, Oct 13-15, in Cape Town.

The Tibetan National Congress (TNC), an independent Tibetan political
party, has launched a global campaign urging the Nobel Peace Laureates
invited to this summit to take a unified stand to forego attendance unless
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is permitted to attend. This petition has
already received overwhelming global support in just three days, translated
into 8 different languages, including renowned Chinese dissidents Hu Jia
and Yunchao Wen, Vietnamese dissident Professor Đoàn Viết Hoạt, Beijing
based Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser, international politicians MP Elisabeth
Naucler (Finland), Brigitta Jonsdottir (Iceland), David Kilgour, Peggy Nash
and Bernanrd Trottier (Canada) numerous leading Bollywood actors and
musicians from across the world.

The key organizers of the Summit have also written to South African
President Jacob Zuma, appealing him to intervene and ensure that a visa is
granted to the Dalai Lama to attend the summit. The Mayor of Cape Town,
Patricia de Lille, wrote that the visa was denied “due to sensitivities related to the Chinese
government.” She called her government “Disingenuous on the Dalai Lama visa
issue”

“It is a disheartening commentary on the state of freedom in South Africa
that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, recognized internationally as a man of
peace, is being barred from a summit meant to celebrate 20 years of South
Africa’s constitutional democracy and the legacy of the late Nelson
Mandela,” said Jigme Ugen, the President of TNC. “Additionally, the
exclusion of the Dalai Lama represents a dangerous encroachment of the
authoritarian Chinese government into the internal affairs of free peoples.”

“If the civilized world bows under pressure to such an authoritarian
regime, it only encourages and rewards such behavior in the future, and
undermines the principles embodied in the Nobel Peace Prize” said Ugen.

“Convening the summit under the shadow of the forced exclusion of one of
the world’s best-known men of peace can only call into question the
commitment to peace of those who would acquiesce in that exclusion,” said
Ugen. “This is especially so since they are failing to stand up to pressure
by the only  government in the world that continues to keep a Nobel Peace
Prize laureate behind bars. Given this, one might even say that at this
moment in time the imprisoned Liu Xiaobo symbolizes the spirit of Nelson
Mandela more closely than any other laureate.”

Online petition: http://www.tibetnc.org/get-involved/stand-with-a-fellow-nobel-laureate/?lang=en.


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